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The Odyssey
My first Odyssey, and so my favorite. I've read this edition a few times, and it's always a new experience. The rhythm of this translation is smooth a ...more
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Aug 23, 2007
Typee, Omoo, Mardi
Reading Mardi, very excited about it so far.

Typee was pastoral and exotic, but run through with tension fear and violence. Some great pithy passages
Jul 07, 2013
Aug 23, 2007
The Berlin Wall: A World Divided, 1961-1989
Fun to read, but I'm not sure The Wall deserves it's own history. The author uses it as an excuse to tell only selective stories (the most exciting an ...more
Jul 2007
Sep 21, 2007
A Storm of Wings
Certainly wasn't expecting this after Pastel City. Kind of inspiring how this author pulls off a combination of weird high style, scenes of insane sca ...more
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Jul 30, 2009
The Stars My Destination
I can easily align myself with readers who view this novel as a seminal transition between the Golden Age and the New Wave, but I can't quite swallow ...more
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May 10, 2008
Tales and Sketches
Lots of amazing stuff. The layout of this edition, while comprehensive, is more scholarly than readable- go ahead and skip the chronological framework ...more
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Apr 23, 2008
Modern Architecture Since 1900
A new way (for me, at least) to see, incorporate, the constructed world. With no patience for pastiche, this is an almost religious treatise on how to ...more
Jul 08, 2008
Mar 04, 2008
Vile Bodies
Edgeless sandy satire- laughing fires punctuate an otherwise unfancied landscape.
But it does include my new favorite expression, which is Ginger up!
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Jul 10, 2008
Middle Passage
Brilliant crazy terrifying and woofish. Has much to learn from genre fiction, esp. sci-fi. Not supra-original, but beautiful and horrific. One of the ...more
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Feb 22, 2008
L.A. Confidential (L.A. Quartet, #3)
sprawling, unconfined, weirdly innocent.
more sad than sick.
One of the great novels of the West.
Blood Meridian is a cornerstone.
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Jul 12, 2008
Nightmare Alley
rose from the gutter snake oil psychic
funky carnies and fleeced socalites
Theron Ware, All the King's Men, Siegfried and Roy
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Jul 27, 2008
Pennak's Freshwater Invertebrates of the United States: Porifera to Crustacea
Fairy shrimps clam shrimps tadpole shrimps.
But especially fairy shrimp.
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Jun 26, 2008
A Sportsman's Notebook (Everyman's Library)
The stories/sketches in this book are seductively simple, casual in tone and topic. But there's something underneath these innocent observations of ru ...more
Jan 2005
Aug 23, 2007
Minoan Life in Bronze Age Crete
good tool to help see beyond the column bases and fresco bits and start to imagine the skylit springs and shaded processionals of the Minoan palaces. ...more
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May 15, 2009
The Return of the King (The Lord of the Rings, #3)
Reading Battle of the Pelennor Fields and Pyre of Denethor back to back is an intense experience- one of those great moments that become a cornerstone ...more
Jan 1982
May 05, 2008
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love
Raymond Carver is a fantastic brutal(ist) stylist; amusing how spoiled rich kid critics like to call his writing 'real' and 'authentic' just because h ...more
Dec 2009
Dec 18, 2009
Crime Novels: American Noir of the 1930s & 40s
Most of the novels in this collection are stellar, but Double Indemnity would have been a better choice than Postman, and I Married a Dead Man is an u ...more
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Aug 16, 2007
Chandler: Later Novels and Other Writings
Rereading the Little Sister and The Long Goodbye- last time around all I got was bitterness and cynicism expressed through tropic unnuanced one-liners ...more
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Jul 12, 2008
Zorba the Greek
Breezes into a sketch of the Greek prototypes: philosopher and hero. Charming little diversions into the expression of the modern Greek character. Her ...more
May 15, 2009
Apr 26, 2009
California Desert Flowers: An Introduction to Families, Genera, and Species
Good pictures of flowers make this a great browse, but they are not always useful in identification. The keys, however are excellent and accessible to ...more
Jan 2004
Nov 07, 2007
A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona
This book is a pretty good overview of Arizona's plant species, but it is not as comprehensive as it claims (how could it be?). The organization is po ...more
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Nov 07, 2007
The Unbearable Lightness of Being
Kind of like listening to the Celibate Rifles. Very smart and very impolite, philosophical and unrefined. But Kundera knows where he fits into the tra ...more
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Feb 27, 2008
Electric Light: Poems
the Kastalian Spring poem is especially dear
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Nov 22, 2008
another simple haunting and very funny fable from tanizaki, who in style and substance insists on viscera rather than allegory. lovingly, i think
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Dec 23, 2011
Desert Wild Flowers
Even though the species (even genera) names are a little out of date, the drawings are incredibly beautiful. high resolution 3000 color digital photos ...more
Jan 2001
Nov 07, 2007
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: Text, Criticism & Notes (Viking Critical Library)
This is a review of the edition, not the novel- it's pretty hard to find a good critical edition of Portrait, and this is about as good as it gets. Th ...more
Jan 2006
Nov 15, 2007
The Cornell Woolrich Omnibus: Rear Window and Other Stories / I Married a Dead Man / Waltz into Darkness
Yes, they made some good french new wave stale noir movies out of his books, but this guy was a lousy writer. His style wan't so bad, but the heavy re ...more
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Jul 27, 2008
well, it's a new kind of reading, apparently.
Weirdly compelling, but not much happens. When something does though, happen I mean, it is crazy sick in
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Jul 08, 2008
The Tapir's Morning Bath: Mysteries of the Tropical Rain Forest and the Scientists Who Are Trying to Solve Them
A great example of bad science journalism. An urban writer finds herself more interesting than the amazing beauty and diversity of the tropics she enc ...more
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Dec 31, 2007
Appointment in Samarra
Journalistic, allegorical tone is a little distancing, which turns out to be for the best. hazard-blessed
Dec 26, 2009
Dec 18, 2009
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